Corset Tips: Wearing Corsets in Hot Weather plus Mesh Corsets and Single Layer Corsets


Hi, I’m Katie from What Katie Did, and welcome
back. Today I’m going to be talking about corsets, and wearing corsets in summer, in
particular, and how to keep cool while wearing a corset. And I know that not only have I
left it rather late in the year, unless of course you’re in Australia, but also we are
filming in a torrential downpour. So if you hear any background noise, that will be it. There hasn’t been so much talk recently about
wearing corsets in hot weather. But over the last few years there have been lots of discussions
about whether you should wear a sheer corset, or a single layer corset. So I’m going to
give my views on this. To put it bluntly, the whole choice of wearing a corset in hot
weather, and it is a choice, is not really the most sensible thing to do anyway, when
you want to keep cool. If keeping cool is your main priority, then
corsets don’t come into the equation at all. There is no such thing as a cool corset. Any
corset you wear will make you warmer, whether it’s a single layer, whether it’s a mesh,
or whether it’s a traditional three layer corset. When it comes down to it, I wear a
corset nearly every day, and I’ve worn one in very hot tropical climates. If you’re used
to wearing a corset, then really you don’t notice any difference at all. What I would
say to you is that if you’re new to wearing corsets, and it is very hot outside, it’s
a heat wave, it wouldn’t be the ideal time to wear a corset for the first time, because
your body wouldn’t be used to it. That goes for wearing corsets at all, really. You have
to listen to your body, and you need to be quite sensible about these things. If something is causing you discomfort, then
you just take it off. But when it comes down to corsets make you hotter or cooler, then
really the most sensible thing is not to wear a corset at all. But of course, if you want
to wear a corset, then, like me, I wear corsets throughout the year, in all kinds of climates.
And when it’s hot, wearing a corset, I wouldn’t say makes me tremendously more warmer than
not wearing a corset, that is because I am so used to wearing a corset on a day-to-day
basis. So if you are used to wearing a corset on a day-to-day basis, then wearing one in
hot weather really shouldn’t make much difference at all. Over the years we have done a few corsets
which are made from a very, very fine mesh, and again these won’t necessarily make you
cooler in hot weather, but I tended to wear them during hot weather simply because in
warmer climates you wear less clothing in general. And if you’re wearing a thinner cotton
dress, if you wear a very thin corset then it’s less likely to show under clothing, and
that’s the main reason for wearing a fine mesh corset. You have to remember that if you are wearing
a very fine mesh corset that they are less durable than wearing a traditional three layer
corset. And I can remember wearing … I never had problems with sheer corsets, until I will
one walking to work, and I’ve said before, I walked two miles to work and two miles back.
So yeah, I can walk in a corset, and I can breathe in a corset. I was wearing my sheer
corset, and I could feel something gnawing at my waist. And I was walking to work and
thinking, “Oh my goodness, what’s happens here?” And when I got to work, I looked, and I noticed
a tiny hole in my corset. Then I realized that the dress I was wearing, it was a vintage
dress, and it had plastic boning over the bust, so the plastic boning finished at the
waist, and there was a raw edge of plastic boning. And this is what had actually made
a hole in the corset. And what I find with sheer corsets, it wasn’t the corset you had
to worry about, as such, it was what you were wearing on top of the corset. For example,
if he had rough boning, or if you were sitting next to a smoker, or something like that,
it’s something simple and silly that would cause a hole, and not the actual corset itself,
but some external force. So I did used to advise people, that if they were going to
go for a sheer corset, that you would have to be very careful with it. Another thing is, I can remember talking to
the corsetier, Mr. Pearl, and he said that when he does single layer corsets for some
of his clients, who really wore corsets 23/7, he didn’t expect them to last them longer
than a month. And while our sheer corsets, I mean I never actually wore the fabric out
at all, if he says that, you have to take that into account. So if you are going for
a sheer corset they’re not going to last as long as a traditional three layer corset,
and also they’re not going to make you very much cooler at all. The only benefit they
do have is that they’ll be, because they’re sheerer, and thinner, they’re going to be
less visible under clothing. There was a fashion a few years ago for sheer
corsets made out of some kinds of mesh, some kind of sports mesh. And our factory did make
a sample for me earlier this year. He said he’d been asked to make them for another corset
company, and did we want to see one? So I said, “Yes please, go ahead.” So he made one
in our Extreme Vamp pattern, which, the Extreme Vamp is the corset I wear every day. And it
was the first time I’d tried a mesh corset with an open weave. And I was looking forward
to trying it. I had read from other people that this kind of mesh does stretch. Found
it the most uncomfortable thing in the world, you wouldn’t believe. As I say, it was the
same pattern as our other corsets. It was the same pattern as our three layer Extreme
Vamp corset. But with the mesh you had the waste tape inside, and you have to remember
the waste tape doesn’t stretch at all, whereas the sport’s mesh officially doesn’t stretch,
but it does have some give. So I found that all the pressure was on my
waist, and there was nothing just above my waist or below my waist to take off the pressure.
It was just simply this one inch band around the waist, which was really, really so uncomfortable.
So that is definitely a no, no. And I’m going to film this and show you, hopefully, so you
can see the difference. I don’t know whether it will be visible on film, but it was so
much more uncomfortable than wearing a three layer traditional corset. What I have said over the last three years,
and I’m putting this out there, so hopefully, now it’s September, that by next spring I
actually will get around to do this, is to work on a single layer cotton corset. And
of course cotton is breathable, and so it will be slightly more comfortable than a three
layer construction, hopefully. And because it’s a single layer construction, it will
have less bulk under summer clothing. It won’t make you a lot cooler. It won’t … As I said
before, wearing a corset isn’t the most sensible thing to do during a heatwave, but it will
hopefully give a smoother line under more lightweight clothing. I have been hesitant to do a single layer,
because basically the cost of doing a single layer and doing a three layer corset will
basically be the same. Because when it comes to it, the actual satin fabrics aren’t a huge
amount of cost with a corset, it’s the components and the time it takes to actually make it.
So that won’t actually change, in fact because it’s a new style, it might actually make the
sewers, it might actually take them slightly longer, because it’ll be a new style and we’ll
have to do new waistbands, and things like that. So it’s not going to be any cheaper at all.
But I would like one for myself. And so if I’m going to make it for myself, then we need
to see if we can make it for you guys as well. So keep an eye out for that. And I will do
my very, very best to get it done for next summer, because as I say, it has been on my
hit list for the last three years now. And really it’s about time that we put my plan
into action. If you do have any questions or experience
with wearing corsets in hot climates, which you’d like to let me know about, please, please
comment below, and in the meantime, take care, and I’ll catch up with you soon.

1 thought on “Corset Tips: Wearing Corsets in Hot Weather plus Mesh Corsets and Single Layer Corsets

  1. Hi Katie.. Would you ever consider making your usual corsets from a cotton or satin coutil instead of the polyester satin which by its nature is less breathable?

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